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I miss the old internet

Robin Moffatt
Robin Moffatt is a Developer Advocate at Confluent, and regular conference speaker. He also likes writing about himself in the third person, eating good breakfasts, and drinking good beer.
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Cookies! newsletters! Crap!

All this does is train users to rapidly identify how to close a dialogue window. Well-intentioned (maybe) laws passed without an awareness of technology.


The unread messages title bar scam. Message #1: Don't trust this vendor

Ah yes, the "unread messages" scam. Message #1 of course being Don't trust this vendor.

This is just obnoxious and cheap. Don't do it.


If you want to withhold content, that's fine and that's your prerogative. It's the bait and switch that I object to here. If you have content that you'll share with me in exchange for me registering for your site—and that you'll show Google and even me for a second when I click through—that's adding zero value to anyone.

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